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35 years later: (from left) Michael Cotter deploys a two metre paddle to belatedly present prizes to John Kidney, Dan O’Connor and Ailbe Millerick (representing the Grays) for the 1985 Dragon East Coast Championships held in COVID times this week
During a “COVID 19” garage clean out recently, a box of unclaimed prizes was found for the Irish Dragon keelboat class. These, according to the inscriptions thereon, were to be awarded at the prize-giving for the East Coast Dragon Championships…
MV Arrow aground at Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland. The ro-ro freight-ferry is on sub-charter to Serco-Northlink (Ferries) which AFLOAT adds operate a network of routes serving Orkney and Shetland Islands.
The Isle of Man Steam Packets' chartered in MV Arrow, which is used by the Manx ferry operator to cover freight traffic, ran aground in Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland (yesterday). The (ro-ro freightferry),reports Manx Radio, is on a sub-charter to Serco-Northlink…
Carlingford Lough: Warrenpoint Port's AGM (Annual Report - 2019) was held virtually for the first time due to restrictions imposed by the impact of Covid-19. Above AFLOAT adds is the low-air draft general drycargo short-sea trader Peak Oslo (formerly Union Sun) on the Lough which derives its name from the Old Norse Kerlingfjǫrðr, meaning 'narrow sea-inlet of the hag'. The ship in this foreshortened view is deceptive given its 87.66m length, a beam of 11.05m and a draft of 2.7m. The 1985 built / 1,543 grt ship is from the an original series built for Union Transport Group based in Kent, UK, that included Union Moon which along with a ferry collided into eachother in Belfast Lough as Afloat reported in 2012. Later that year the MAIB deemed both vessels at fault for the incident.
Warrenpoint Port held for the first time an annual general meeting (AGM) virtually due to the unprecedented circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and current Government guidance on social distancing. A digital copy of the Co. Down's port Annual Report, outlining…
Restrictions on travelling abroad will be eased from (Thursday) July 9th. Above AFLOAT's photo of the ferry operators using Dublin Port serving routes to Britain (England, Wales), the Isle of Man in addition to France. Seatruck provide freight routes albeit with a limited capacity for private 'motorist' based passengers.
Restrictions on foreign travel will be eased from (Thursday) July 9th with travellers permitted to move between countries with similar levels of coronavirus infection. As The Irish Times writes, a green list will be compiled before that date detailing which…
At the bow sailors on board the Irish Naval Service vessel LE Eithne as the HPV ship prepared to depart (Tuesday) Cork city quays after the end of a role in support of the HSE in the fight against Covid-19 coronavirus. AFLOAT hightlights the removed Main Armament of the ship which consisted of the bow-mounted Bofors 57mm Canon / LIOD Fire Control System. As RTE reported on Wednesday when the HPV departed, the ship was returning into operational reserve at the Naval Base on Haulbowline in lower Cork Harbour.
Following three months from a new recruitment drive that was unveiled to entice former members of the Defence Forces to rejoin, not one of the 646 applicants is back in uniform. Just 12 have been chosen so far to be…
Belfast to Build Zero Emissions Ferries Following £60m Funding Boost
A Belfast Lough Maritime Consortium led by Artemis Technologies has won a £33 million UK Government innovation grant to develop zero emissions ferries in the city, that will revolutionise the future of maritime transport. With further investment from consortium partners,…
Gotcha! The 1898-built Cork Harbour OD Jap is discovered hidden away at Truro in the uppermost reaches of Falmouth Estuary in Cornwall in August 1994, cleverly disguised as an attractive little cruiser. Jap has now returned as a restored classic to Cork Harbour. Photo: W M Nixon
It is a truth not universally acknowledged that the steady pint-drinking communities of Cork city and south Munster contributed substantially to the resourcing of the newly-formed Ulster Volunteer Force’s uprising against the proposed introduction of Home Rule for Ireland in…
The Cork-Roscoff route is very popular with holidaymakers. AFLOAT adds Brittany Ferries other Irish services based out of Rosslare will also begin next week on the routes to Roscoff, France and Bilbao, Spain. Above seen last season is flagship Pont-Aven departing the Port of Cork with Cobh in the background.
Operator Brittany Ferries have confirmed that passengers will be able to travel to France from Cork via the high seas from (next) Monday, 29 June. The ferry service, writes, will be running a limited service of five ships over the…
Latest ‘Ocean Of Learning’ Series Sees Bright Future For Ireland’s Shipping Sector
As an island nation, Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods, and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the…
Covid-19: Port of Cork tug Gerry O’Sullivan paying its own water-canon display tribute to the Naval Service flagship LÉ Eithne as the HPV was the last of the six naval vessels deployed under Operation Fortitute. The flagship returned downriver to the Naval Base at Haulbowline and into operational reserve (according to RTE News). In the foreground AFLOAT adds at Albert Quay is berthed Arklow Fame, the last 'sea-going' ship to use the dry-dock in Dublin Port as reported when it closed in 2016, though the Liffey based 'static museum tallship' Jeanie Johnston was the last vessel to use the facility.
In Cork City along the quays the Health Service Executive paid special thanks to the Defence Forces for its support during Covid-19 at a ceremony (yesterday). Frontline staff and members of the emergency services deployed their blue emergency lights and…
37–metre Celtic Spirit of Fastnet berthed at Dun Laoghaire Marina
Celtic Spirit of Fastnet, a 37–metre (121'5) custom yacht sailed into Dun Laoghaire Harbour this morning the first of a number of much-anticipated superyacht arrivals into Dublin Bay this summer. Coming to Dun Laoghaire Marina, the sailors' gateway to Dublin…
File image of Rossaveal Harbour
Rossaveal joins the list of coastal marinas where white diesel is available for cruising vessels to refuel around Ireland. The news comes in the latest update from Norman Kean of ICC Publications, who has done sterling work keeping up to…
To join in the Nautical Institute webinar this Thursday you must register, see below.
The Nautical Institute is to host a webinar this Thursday (25 June) at 1400 BST (UK time). So here's an opportunity to join the Nautical Institute CEO Captain John Lloyd and a distinguished panel of international experts in celebrating the…
Terminal for deep sea internet cables at Galway Harbour approved
In Galway Harbour planning approval has been given for a new depot at the mid-west port to connect underwater internet infrastructure to the mainland. Deepsea Fibre Networks intends to build a terminal with two telecommunications cabins and one support cabin…
Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics
Increased use of wet wipes during the Covid-19 pandemic is already exacerbating the “plastic crisis” in oceans, an NUI Galway (NUIG) team says. Some 50 per cent of wipes labelled as “flushable” are not biodegradable and contain microplastics which are…
Crew shortage in the Naval Service
A year ago after being forced to tie-up two ships due to manpower shortages, the Naval Service continues to haemorrhage personnel and may have to take another vessel off operational duties later this year. Military sources have told the Irish…

As an island economy, a healthy maritime sector is key to our national competitiveness. Virtually all our imports and exports pass through Irish ports.

Ireland is dependent on ports and shipping services to transport goods and 90% of our trade is moved though Irish ports. Shipping and maritime transport services make a significant contribution to Ireland’s ocean economy, with the sector generating €2.3 billion in turnover and employing over 5,000 people in 2018.

Ireland’s maritime industry continues to grow and progress each year with Irish ports and shipping companies making significant investments. The ports sector in Ireland is currently undergoing a number of expansions and developments with Dublin Port’s Alexandra Basin development, the development of Ringaskiddy in Cork by Port of Cork and the development of Shannon Foynes Port. Along with these major investments, shipping companies are also investing heavily in new tonnage, with Irish Ferries, CLdN and Stena leading new build programmes.

These pages cover the following sectoral areas: shipowners, harbour authorities, shipbrokers, freight forwarders and contractors, cruise liner operators, port users, seamen, merchants, academic institutions, shipyards and repair facilities, naval architects, navy and defence personnel.

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A recent study carried out for the Irish Ports Association (IPA) totalled 75.7 billion during 2004 and their net economic impact was some 5.5 billion supporting around 57, 500 full time employees.

Liam Lacey, Director of the Marine Institute’s Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) said, “The Irish maritime industry can look to the future with confidence. It has shown itself to be resilient and agile in responding to challenges. Over the past decade, it has had to respond to the challenges of the financial crisis of 2008, the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and recent challenges. Ireland’s maritime sector has continued to underpin our economy by maintaining vital shipping links for both trade and tourism.”

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